Politics of deception, hatred and institutions
Pakistan emerged on the face of the earth on the basis of ideology and faith on August 14, 1947. However, there is another side of this picture where Muslims won a country but failed to become one nation. Till date, the country struggles to maintain its identity as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan while trying to be secular when it comes to implementation. The confusion seems to be deeply rooted within its people as well as its institutions.
History is no doubt important and the past is one of the reasons humans learn and grow, uplifting and improving themselves for the future. But for a country like Pakistan, we seldom learn from mistakes of the past, policies and choices once made. Thus discussing issues of the past, which continue to linger on, won’t really make any difference. Now what the society must collectively be concerned about is where the politics of deception, hatred and Institutions is leading the country, the repercussions and impact that changing strategies and policies of changing governments may have on the country and its divided nation.
It is pertinent that we work on finding our societal values as a nation and make policies that bring consistency in betterment, positivity and of strength. Currently, Pakistan is under the clutches of political instability, economic turmoil and an identity crisis. More than half of the country is struggling with the increasing rate of inflation where the rest is divided and fighting over ‘Naya Pakistan’ and its policies the same as those in PML-N’s Pakistan. If the population is divided into branches by age, the elders believe that Pakistan is lost, seeing it deteriorate and wither in its internal crisis. The middle-aged are just too occupied with issues of private and public sector products, education and the lingering feud between military and the civilian government. Lastly, the backbone or the younger generation that is left with all these lingering and unending issues is busy figuring out what to do, how to get a degree and promote ideas of Naya Pakistan on social media or not.
In all of this, political parties, the public, and the institutions, it seems that the notion of ideology is merely a chain of deception. For every other person is now stepping into politics, making his/her own political party on the basis of new ideas and ideologies, a gamble that lures people in only to realize that it is all same and nothing new that may really bring change.
Similarly, Pakistani institutions have also started playing God in politics, deciding the fate of political leaders and parties. National Accountability Bureau (NAB), for example, has been allegedly a major front player since 2017, when it started probing corruption allegations against Mian Nawaz Sharif under the Panama papers. From the probe to the case and the Accountability court’s verdict against Nawaz Sharif, a whole new trend of politics emerged, that does and may have many other consequences along with an impact on Pakistan’s social fabric.
NAB’s politically motivated cases against Nawaz Sharif and other PML-N leaders may not seem to have done any harm to Pakistan’s political structure like it has caused on PML-N’s reputation. But let’s just briefly shed light on how it has left an impact on the general public, which shapes thoughts and perceptions of individuals, communities and the nation at large. First of all, this one trial against Nawaz Sharif has proved that the country’s constitution and judiciary has failed to maintain ones personal honor until the charge has been proved. Guilty or not, Nawaz Sharif though a leader, still a citizen was not given a due course of a trial as per the law. He was found guilty without any evidence and hence sentenced to imprisonment.
Secondly, once the accountability court announced its verdict sentencing Nawaz Sharif and co-accused of imprisonment, their bail plea/appeal was denied, which led people to think that he is indeed guilty. But then accountability court’s verdict was suspended by the Islamabad High Court (IHC). It just shows how many loopholes exist in our legal system, due to which the public loses faith on the institutions. Lastly, with NAB’s ongoing activism against corruption, with or without evidence trials and verdicts, many people working or aspiring to work in various departments have started pulling back just to be away from controversies.
In a nutshell, it is high time that we should stop with the deceptions and put aside our political differences, ideological divide and constant desire for so-called change so that we can become one nation that grows and prospers towards betterment. Major political trends do not just jolt the political structure but also create and leave an impact on the social fabric.
The author is an IR graduate and is an aspiring journalist.